Published on May 3rd, 2013 | by Ann Rickard0
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is the culmination of a five year project to create an architecturally compelling building at the forefront of global hotel and environmental design.
“The glass-bottomed, cantilevered pool on the roof top, shimmers at night like the gleaming pearl often associated with the Chinese Dragon,”
Set over 29 floors, Hotel Indigo has 138 individually styled rooms that capture the intriguing and dynamic environment where it resides.
Wrapping the building is a striking gold dragon, functioning as an “eco-screen” to counteract hot spots and solar gain, representing the future of environmental design in Hong Kong.
The impressive rooftop features Skybar and a dramatic infinity glass bottomed pool to view the bustle of Wan Chai neighbourhood below.
Explore the old Wan Chai market and the Flea Market at Canal Road East where the locals have gathered for decades to tell stories, haggle and exchange goods.
The last letter is long gone from the old colonial Wan Chai Post Office, but in its new guise as the Environment Resource Centre, it is still well worth a visit.
Built in 1872, The Blue House is worth a look if you are interested in Chinese medicine. Trams have been rumbling along the northern side of Hong Kong since 1904 and the stop on Johnson St is where you can jump on for an inexpensive and enjoyable way to view the neighbourhood. Wan Chai has many long tau, or tenement houses steeped in history. These days many are still little grocery stores and barber shops that feel like time stopped in 1962, but many have been restored and transformed, like “The Pawn” on Johnston St, now a beautiful restaurant.
An arresting addition to the traditional and modern architecture of Wan Chai neighbourhood, the hotel has been designed holistically with the influences of local history and culture evident through the use of colour, form and texture.
It was the design intent from the outset to use the building to reflect the vibrant nature of Asia, Hong Kong and Wan Chai.
The orientation of the hotel utilises the shading effect of the neighbouring buildings to create a distinct pattern of sun and shade, with the resulting pattern creating a distinct sweep around the building through the application of burnished bronze solar fins.
The result is the dramatic image of a dragon folded around the exterior of the building, further rooting the building into the culture and traditions of Asia.
“The glass-bottomed, cantilevered pool on the roof top, shimmers at night like the gleaming pearl often associated with the Chinese Dragon,” Aedas International Ltd board member Max Connop said. “The concept of the wrapping dragon reaching for the pearl is incredibly strong and creates a unique addition to the sky-line of Hong Kong. Intelligent and concealed subtle lighting to the solar fins allows the dragon to shimmer at night.”
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